Awesome summer reads for teens!

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Hoping to find some books to keep your teen occupied this summer? Or are you a teacher looking for something new for your curriculum that offers a non-white perspective? See our list below, as previously featured in our Parent Teacher Resource Pack!

  • Vuurwerk in m’n Hoofd – Roland Colastica (Dutch)
  • Anita and Me – Meera Syal
  • The Long Song – Andrea Levy
  • Tropical fish – Doreen Baingana
  • The Other Side of Truth – Beverley Naidoo
  • Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Weep Not Child – Ngûgî Wa Thiong’o
  • Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
  • Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Wide Sargaso Sea – Jean Rys
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  • Annie John – Jamaica Kincaid
  • Possessing the Secret of Joy – Alice Walker
  • Aya de Yopougon – Marguerite Abouet and drawn by Clément Oubrerie
  • As a Black Woman – Maud Sulter
  • The Kane Chronicles – Rick Riordan
  • On Beauty – Zadie Smith
  • Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  • Small Island – Andrea Levy

ALSO: Are your kids and/or students into comic books? If so, check out this awesome article from OkayAfrica on new Egyptian mythological comic series The PackThe author of the series, Paul Louise-Julie, will also released graphic novel Yohance this year. Another great author of comics for teens with diverse characters is Dani Dixon at Tumble Creek. You can check out her work here.



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